Right, Reading fans, that was a pretty decent window wasn’t it? I was pretty content with all signings, the departures were much-needed and we seem to be rebuilding a decent squad after a mass exodus in the summer.
However, it’s not all over just yet. We have until October 16 to make any other domestic signings, with a winger no doubt at the top of our list. There may also be a couple of departures both permanently and on loan, so it will be interesting to see what happens.
Let’s take a look at what you lot on Twitter have been saying as the international window slammed shut at 11pm on Monday.
Some love for Esteves (and a few promising comments)
Wanted by top clubs including Barcelona— Talk Reading (@TalkReading) October 5, 2020
Porto fans think he should be in the first team
Nominated for the Golden Boy award
3rd youngest Portugal U21 international
Big, big signing this. Can’t wait to watch Tomás Esteves in a Reading shirt! #readingfc pic.twitter.com/Quwe0j4yaD
So Man Utd sign a full back from Porto and he’s not even the best full back that left them today #readingfc— Matty Haines (@MattHaines1871) October 5, 2020
Too much filth on my screen
I’ll get my boxing gloves on...
This Porto fan doesn’t seem to be too impressed by the rumours surrounding. I wouldn’t advise you to translate this if you are offended by bad language.
2009’s Riquelme name dropped, I still haven’t got over that :(
An alternative (and refreshing) viewpoint of the current squad
I’m DEAD CHUFFED with how this season’s gone so far, but I’m gonna stick my neck on the line here:— Fin (@FinSouthKlein) October 6, 2020
This #readingfc squad is NOT strong. You cannot tell me that we have strength in depth. There’s been a lot of comments like that being thrown around and tbh I think it’s delusional
Keeping the core together
Whilst we always want more signings and understandably at the moment, a huge amount of credit has to go to the owners here for keeping our squad together. The core remains. Who knows how many offers we turned down for our key players this summer #readingfc— Jimmy Coulson (@Jimmy_Coulson) October 5, 2020
Have we finally got something to be excited about again?
After a tepid few months of transfer gossip, we’ve ended up with the most exciting squad we’ve seen in over a decade. Pauno’s warrior spirit is palpable throughout. We don’t look like an also-ran anymore. #ReadingFC 20/21 - The perfect combination of invention and industry.— (@BigBadWolfRFC) October 6, 2020
I echo these sentiments
Glad Reading didn’t get bullied into over paying for a player. Been burnt far too many times that way. Hopefully we get a decent L1 winger or a little gem from a prem side #readingfc— Dean Bennett (@DeanBennett1993) October 5, 2020
Clearly pushed hard to get a winger in so can't knock the club for that. Sensible to walk away from both deals, not sure we would've if we didn't have the domestic window. Sure we have some lined up, can now switch focus and get them over the line. Enough time to do so #readingfc— Max Howard (@MaxHoward_15) October 5, 2020
Attentions turn to Kia
Shame not to get Borges in but at least we’ve got 2 weeks to sign someone. We’ve still got two loan slots to fill so I’m expecting a winger and a striker to come in. Could use KJ contact at Arsenal to get players in or go for lower league players like Pigott or Curtis. #readingfc— Louis Stagg (@dinglouis_) October 5, 2020
#readingfc no need to panic. There will be lots of good PL players available now and with contacts at Man U (O’Shea/Fortune) and Arsenal (Kia) there could be some decent loans out there. Players will be attracted to us after our start and Pauno record with young players.— Royals 360 (@Royals_360) October 5, 2020
Dutch Revolution (2016/17) Portuguese Revolution (2020/21)
Alfa Semedo - Benfica— Pedro‼️ (@PictonPedro) October 6, 2020
Tomas Esteves - Porto
Pedro Mendes - Sporting
Umaro Embaló - Benfica
Goncalo Borges - Porto
Who have #ReadingFC got scouting out in Portugal? Granted we only signed 2 of this talented bunch but this can’t be all Kia’s work? Promising targets, great window
Time for Thierry?
As we approached the end of deadline day, Thierry Nevers posted this Tweet. Was it a message to Veljko Paunovic? He’s certainly impressed for the under-23s.
I tell you what it’s certainly time for: EstevesSZN
How gutted would you be as an Arsenal fan when you think you've won transfer deadline day with the Partey signing & then #readingfc announce Esteves & steal your thunder.— Imran Escőbar (@razor5edge) October 5, 2020
Looks like Reading fans are pretty satisfied overall
How would you rate #readingfc's transfer window business?— Jonathan Low (@jonathanl50) October 5, 2020
Let’s summarise this
Even though this is just a summary of how Reading fans on Twitter feel about the international window, I think this sums up the mood of the whole fanbase. Signing Josh Laurent, Ovie Ejaria, Lewis Gibson, Nelson Semedo and Tomas Esteves, while releasing a whole host of players to reduce the wage bill, is a good achievement for the Royals.
However, they will need to keep building on this up until the domestic window closes on the 16th. I think most of us share the opinion that we need a winger to bolster our squad depth in that position - especially after missing out on Rodrigo Riquelme - but we have plenty of time to get someone else in.
In terms of outgoings, keep an eye on Sam Smith. With Lucas Joao, George Puscas, Sam Baldock and (seemingly) Nahum Melvin-Lambert in front of him in the pecking order, it looks as if his time at the Madejski Stadium is coming to an end. This is a major shame, as he showed a lot of promise a couple of years ago, but it will be good for the forward to play regular football lower down in the football pyramid.
So, there’s still a bit more work to be done - but it’s been a satisfying window. Let’s hope there’s further movement between now and next week’s domestic deadline.